In a compelling story of debt and redemption, Earthen Vessels follows American Maggie Boyce on an impetuous flight into the lush but lethal Colombian rain forest. The pretense of her journey is to find a medicinal plant to treat her sister's cancer. Her true purpose, however, is to buy some... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
In a compelling story of debt and redemption, Earthen Vessels follows American Maggie Boyce on an impetuous flight into the lush but lethal Colombian rain forest. The pretense of her journey is to find a medicinal plant to treat her sister's cancer. Her true purpose, however, is to buy some time away from her family's medical crises. Her search yields discoveries she hadn't bargained for; entanglements with the narcotics trade, unexpected romance, and renewed spirituality.
It is in her search that Maggie is found by Luis Vasallo. Years earlier, his sister Beryl was sold into the prostitution ring of the regional cocaine cartel. Now Luis has a chance to redeem Beryl, but only by selling Maggie out to the cartel. All along he knows that whatever choice he makes will cost him dearly.
Together Maggie and Luis take on the ultimate search - the search for what gives value to life. Are they willing to pay the price for the treasures they seek?
“Raul would never keep his promise, but Luis wanted so badly to believe he would. It had been so long he couldn’t be sure, but this felt a little like hope.”
“She was once again aiming the pistol at him. He stood there, his arms limp, his chest out thrust out just enough to say, "Here's my heart, here's your target." His lips never moved, but still she heard him saying, "For God's sake, put me out of this misery."”
“Instead of enjoying the many pleasures of the flesh with her, he’d left her lying there, exposed and vulnerable and humiliated. She had half a mind to not try it again.”
“Maggie examined the evening's dinner offering of snake steak on a stick. She held the chunk of meat at eye level, facing her fear … and eating it, taking a bite out of the snake that had threatened to take a bite out of her.”
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